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It's hard to adequately express what umpire attendant Ernie Tyler meant to the Orioles organization and everyone who worked regularly at Memorial Stadium or Camden Yards. He was a truly fine gentleman who was as kind and good-hearted as anyone I have ever met -- and not just in the baseball business.

His dedication to the franchise is well-documented -- he served the Orioles in some capacity in every season since the old St. Louis Browns moved to Baltimore in 1954 and worked 3,819 consecutive games before ending that streak to attend Cal Ripken's Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2007.

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But there was a lot more to the man than the great work ethic he passed down to his two sons -- Jimmy and Fred -- who worked alongside him at the ballpark. He was a terrific family man who made everyone feel like a member of the already large Tyler tribe. My heart goes out to Ernie's wife Juliane and all 11 of his children. Just a great guy who will be sorely missed.

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